Hutchins Center/History Design Studio Lecture: Frank Chimero and Craig Mod, “Digital Storytelling and Transmedia Design”

Frank Chimero
and Craig Mod are leading a new generation of designers by creating hybrid platforms to tell stories. Both are artists and writers who share an approach to design “that focuses on storytelling, craft, and interdependency instead of typography, grids, or software.” Come hear Frank and Craig introduce their new projects: Frank will discuss design systems that can move fluidly between digital and analog formats, and Craig will discuss the development of his just-launched platform Hi: a narrative mapping tool that allows users to tell stories in real time. Digital design does not have to live in parallel to analog making, moving, and feeling. It’s all one world. 

Frank Chimero is a designer, illustrator, and writer. His practice focuses on design systems that bridge digital and analog formats, using the qualities of each to the other’s advantage. In 2011, he was honored with the Art Directors Club Young Guns award and featured in Print Magazine’s New Visual Artist issue, highlighting twenty designers under the age of thirty.

Craig Mod is an independent writer and designer usually in Tokyo, San Francisco or New York. He is a MacDowell Colony writing fellow and cofounder of “Hi,” a real-time storytelling project.

The History Design Studio is a workshop for the most exciting new ideas in multimedia history. Joining a commitment to the professional practice of history with an experimental approach to form and presentation, the HDS is a creative space where students and scholars can design new modes of historical storytelling. We express historians’ core values through the innovative methods of artisanship and craft. Extensive use of primary sources, keen historiographical awareness, attention to change over time, and an overarching respect for evidence guide our projects in databasing, storyboarding, audiovisual narration, performance, cartography, and software development. By stretching the canvas of historical scholarship, studio participants make lasting contributions to the understanding of the past and its many meanings.

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Anyone requiring accessibility accommodations should contact the Public Programs Office at (617) 496-2414 or [email protected].